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How to Set Up Your New TV

Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 04:37 PM

Have you recently ordered a new television or are planning to buy a new one during the holidays? Apart from the television brand, model, and specifications, there are other equally important aspects that need your consideration. These important but generally neglected aspects are the setup, basic settings, and picture calibration of your new TV. If any of these is left unattended, you might not get the picture quality as you see during the demonstration at the showroom.

Wouldn’t you like to know how to set up your new TV and get the real worth of your investment?
The first step is deciding about the placement for new HDTV or LCD TV. The recommended viewing distance for 42-inch television screen is about 4.2-6.5 feet and 5.0-7.5 feet for a 50-inch screen. This distance also depends upon the pixels settings provided. It is good to sit at a farther distance while viewing a television with 480i/480p or 720p than when viewing a television with 1080i or 1080p.
In either case, the screen setup should be at eye level. It should be away from light fixtures or direct sunlight because these may cause picture washouts or reflections. To protect your new television from electrical surges, use an AV surge protector.
After the initial setup of your new TV, your next task is to calibrate it. Before starting any picture calibration, be sure that the television is continuously on for at least 30 minutes. Picture calibration in LCD TV is more crucial than in HDTV. Go through the new TV manual carefully and get the idea about the controls it has. In most cases, you have to adjust the picture quality using these controls for calibration to set up your new TV:
  1. Black level (Brightness control)
  2. White level (picture or contrast)
  3. Sharpness
  4. Color saturation, color, or chroma
  5. Color tint or hue
You may also go to the picture mode section. Generally, the best results are obtained with the “Cinema” mode selection.
Despite setting the new HDTV TV based on recommendations and doing the best calibration in LCD TV, you may not get expected picture quality while watching cable TV.

Never calibrate your TV while watching programs offered through cable TV. For better results, go to the site of the cable TV service provider to check what settings you need to choose to enhance cable TV picture quality.
Manuals guide you about how to set up a new TV based on standard conditions, but these may not always exist at home. Therefore, you need to make some changes according to your existing conditions. Rely on the manual to customize the setup of your new TV based on the viewing conditions at home and enjoy watching your favorite programs on this properly set up new TV.

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